Xavier jumped out to an early lead in a packed Cintas Center, but Villanova would battle back, taking their first lead midway through the first half before heading to the locker room up 41-36.
Hilliard led all Villanova scorers with 19 points, while JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 for the Wildcats. James Bell scored 12 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and Ryan Arcidiacono pitched in 11 points while also dishing out 7 assists in the win.
Xavier, who was without center Matt Stainbrook, was led in the loss by Justin Martin, who finished with 20 points in the loss.
Villanova, now 27-3, will next face Georgetown at home, as they close out the regular season Saturday.
By: Kyle Babcock
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